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Skills-Based Strategies

When clients start therapy with acute distress or other symptoms, it is often useful to start by developing skills to cope with their symptoms more effectively, and function with less interference in their daily lives.  Skill-based strategies involve practical actions clients can perform to improve their experience today.  Many of these skills can be effective even before getting at the deeper root of their problems. Examples of skills-based strategies: developing better sleep hygiene and reducing insomnia learning relaxation techniques to unstick the foot from the gas pedal of a stressful lifestyle increasing awareness of distorted, negative thoughts about the self, the past, and the future, and being able to challenge these thoughts with more realistic and productive alternatives (”cognitive restructuring”) coping better with and reducing the severity of panic attacks facing one’s fears with therapeutic support and breaking the cycle of avoidance and anxiety moving from immobilizing inactivity of depression to behavioral activation and hope meditation practicing mindfulness techniques I am trained and experienced in the use of skills-based strategies based on cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), dialectical behavior therapy (DBT), meditation, and mindfulness practice.
Licensed Clinical Psychologist